Thursday evening was one for the ages as Charles Woodson said his final goodbye to his dedicated fan base out in Oakland, California. It was a night filled with unbridled emotion, as the hometown crowd was taken into the gloomy realization that their legendary safety had officially played the last home game of his career. Woodson, who announced his retirement following the 2015 season earlier in the week, felt obliged to address his lifelong fans one last time after the Raiders’ 23-20 overtime victory against San Diego.
Charles Woodson addresses the fans after his final home game at the Coliseum.
What a moment for one of the best. https://t.co/R7llFbDG7f
— NFL (@NFL) December 25, 2015
Eleven of his eighteen years in the NFL were spent with the Oakland Raiders, the other seven with the Green Bay Packers. He and Marcus Allen are the only two men to ever win a Heisman Trophy, AP Rookie of the Year, AP Player of the Year, and a Super Bowl in the same career. Woodson is a nine time Pro-Bowler (one of which being this year), four time first-team All-Pro, three time second-team All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and future Hall of Famer. Currently, Woodson has 65 interceptions and 13 defensive touchdowns on his resume, and he’s the only player in NFL history to have at least 50 INT and 20 sacks throughout their career. Lastly, let’s not forget his ability to inspire others with mere rhetoric.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 25, 2015
Farewell Charles Woodson, you will surely be missed.